The Hired Guns Era
After the experimental "Pink Flamingo" years, Tyler Stiller found himself thirsty for the next step. He had a book full of songs and a head full of directions. "During the Pink Flamingo sessions I was still writing and haven't stopped, even until after I finished tracking this record. I had literally dozens to hundreds of songs written and couldn't figure out what to do with them. " said Stiller. "The only constant I could think was which of these are my "best" and those would be the songs I would track for the record."
Stiller continues, "The Hired Guns was a joking name I spit out when asked what I wanted a flyer to display. I hadn't played a show "full band" in a long time and before this had always played in a band, not with a band behind me. It felt like I was robbing the band of the credit they deserved to the performance and later to the songs that are on the record if I didn't credit their artistic contribution. Neither would be what they were and are without them being a part of it and the process."
Tyler Stiller and The Hired Guns is an album that Stiller has always wanted to write. Sonically and constructively. Tracked live Stiller was able to capture the energy of the band and also work with his home base Cory Pollard of House Productions.
The first single "Green Lights" dropperd August 19, 2022 and the full album digitally released on November 4, 2022.
Small town Floyd county, IN kid, Tyler Stiller made his name in New Albany, IN starting out as a guitar instructor for the local music store. Stiller's blues and rock roots sound have been compared to Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, and hints of The Black Keys.
Stiller's initial professional performing career started with a five piece folk-rock group Field of Kings. The group was a well oiled machine that played the mid-west area for the better of four years that joined the bills with many accomplished artists such as Moon Taxi, Red Wanting Blue (@ Bogarts Cincinnati), Secondhand Serenade , and Ten Years. However, as many bands demise stems from artistic differences, Field of Kings met an equal ending.
Stiller took this extended time to reconnect and establish a new sound that he could stand behind and push with force again. This brought him to the guitar driven blues-rock style that is demonstrated through his impressive debut solo EP Pink Flamingo: Volume One with single "Stella" that shines shades of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours.
Pink Flamingo: Volume Two brought even more experimental creation to Stiller's discography with "Global Rhythm" kicking off the second instalment of this venture with it's psychedelic and groovy tones. The elegant string arrangements by the spectacular Anna Blanton on "Behind Our Fathers" levels the playing field and demonstrates the true diversity of what Pink Flamingo could sonically touch.
The latest adventure Stiller explored has been tracking his record titled Tyler Stiller and the Hired Guns. This group of songs was recorded live because Stiller wanted to get the energy of the band and has always been something he has wanted to do. "I wanted to make a definitive point in including the band in the album title. These songs wouldn't be what they are without them.
"Writing songs and playing them is just what I do, and if it means others can sing along and enjoy it too.. I couldn't ask for more than that." -Stiller
Green Lights 4:220:00/4:22
Riding the Reins 3:100:00/3:10